Dr. Grandjean is an assistant professor at the Donders Institute in the Netherlands, and a pioneer for functional connectivity studies in rodents. In 2020, he was joined with 12 laboratories to execute the first multi-centre rodent fMRI comparison. Now, he is at it again.
Joanes is also a vocal advocate for open-science in our community and has shared over 600 scans and other materials. Outside the lab, Joanes enjoys a nice cup of coffee and arts.
Max-Planck-Fellow & Director, Department of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance, University of Tübingen
His work is focused on developing new magnetic resonance techniques that advance the understanding of neuronal activity and connectivity, as well as on the neurochemistry of the brain. Besides functional MRI, which measures nerve cell activity indirectly via the blood flow and blood oxygenation response, he applies magnetic resonance as a tool to map neurochemical and neurobiological brain processes directly. Two ultra-high field MRI systems, one with a field strength of 9.4 Tesla and a usable volume of 60 cm diameter for human studies and a 14.1 Tesla MRI system for small animal studies provide optimal research opportunities
Dr. Hao Huang is a Professor of Radiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Faculty Director of Small Animal Imaging Facility at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005. By pushing technical boundaries in advanced neural MRI acquisition and analysis, his works provide new knowledge on understanding circuits and functions of brain in health and disease. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in neuroimaging and neurobiological sciences with cutting-edge techniques in diffusion, perfusion and functional MRI as well as artificial intelligence algorithms. He is on the Editorial Board of NeuroImage. He serves as an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. He has served in a number of leadership positions in international committees. He maintains a strong NIH funding track-record and has been continuously funded by NIH R01 as a single principle investigator for more than 10 years. He has been recognized as the Distinguished Investigator of the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research in 2019. He has been elected as the Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2021.
Seong-Gi Kim, Ph.D., is the Director of Neuroscience Imaging Research Center in the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He did his graduate works on in vivo NMR spectroscopy (1984-88) at Washington University, and postdoc training on structural biology at the University of Washington. In 1991, he moved to the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research in the University of Minnesota and involved into one of the first human fMRI studies in 1992. After advancing his rank to full Professor, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. He was appointed as the inaugural Paul C. Lauterbur Chair in Imaging Research at 2009, which was created for honoring a Nobel laureate and MRI inventor. He returned to Korea in 2014 for setting up a new imaging center. His major research focus is to develop magnetic resonance imaging techniques for measuring brain physiology and function, to determine relationships between neural activity and hemodynamic responses, and to apply imaging tools for answering neuroscience questions.